How to Add Google Drive to File Explorer

  • To add a Google Drive link to Windows’ File Explorer, you’ll need to install the Google Drive app.
  • Once you install Google Drive, it’ll appear in File Explorer like a separate hard drive.
  • You can also remove Google Drive from File Explorer by signing out of the app.

Every PC has a built-in place to store files, whether it be a traditional hard disk drive or a solid state drive. But if you’re a true Google Drive power user, you can essentially turn your Google Drive account into a new hard drive by adding it to the File Explorer.

Adding Google Drive to your File Explorer lets you easily access your files without ever opening an internet browser. It essentially acts like a new hard drive, which is great for PCs that are running out of space.

Here’s how to add Google Drive to the File Explorer.

How to add Google Drive to your File Explorer

Although most people use Google Drive by opening it in an internet browser, Google also offers a downloadable Google Drive app. Installing this app and setting it up will add Google Drive to your File Explorer.

First, download the Google Drive app from this link. Once the installation file downloads, open it and click the blue Install option. You can also choose to add shortcuts to your desktop that will open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides in a web browser when clicked.

The installation screen for the Google Drive app on a Windows 11 PC.

Adding the shortcuts to your desktop is optional.

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After installing the Google Drive app, open it and click the blue Sign in with browser button to connect your Google Drive account. It’ll open an internet browser where you can log into your Google account and confirm that you want to connect everything.

Wait a moment for the app to connect. Once it does, a new location will appear in File Explorer: Google Drive (G:).

Click on this drive to view your entire Google Drive library inside of the File Explorer window. You can open, move, or delete files in this window, and every change will take effect across your entire library, no matter what device you’re using. You’ll need to stay connected to the internet to use it.

Google Drive operating in the File Explorer in Windows 11.

Unless the drive letter is already taken, Google Drive will list itself as drive (G:).

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How to remove Google Drive from your File Explorer

If you ever want to get rid of the Google Drive shortcut in your File Explorer, you’ll need to shut down the app.

Whenever the Google Drive app is running, you’ll find a tiny Drive icon in the taskbar at the bottom-right of your screen. You might need to click the upwards pointing arrow icon to find it.

Click this Google Drive icon to open the app menu. Then click the gear icon in the top-right corner of this menu, and then Quit.

The Google Drive app menu, with its “Quit” option highlighted.

Click the Google Drive icon to open this menu.

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The Google Drive shortcut will disappear from your File Explorer. Be aware though that if you pinned the Drive shortcut to your File Explorer, the pin will still be there, but it’ll just give you an error message whenever you click it.

You can restart the app again whenever you want by searching for the Google Drive app on your PC and opening it.

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